Heavily Planted

Subject: Heavily planted??????

> I would like to throw a somewhat philosophic question out to the
> I have, over the last year or so, heard many references to havin
> heavily planted tank.  Mostly, these references refered to the f
> with a heavily planted tank you can eliminate algae through comp
> inhibition of phospates.  I wondered what exactly the phrase "he
> planted" means.  Does this condition exist when you can no longe
> top of the substrate?  Is this a condition in which you have wal
> plants?  I have a 150g planted tank with persistent algae issues
> improving slowly, and wondered just how many plants are neccessa
> reach this illusive state of shangrala.

I suggest that people cover 60-70% of the substrate AT PLANTING.  
Of these, at least 60% should be fast growing plants.  Some of the 
faster growing species can be removed in time with slower growing, 
more "choice" specimens.

Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.
Boston, MA